H. L. Richardson

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H. L. Richardson
Born Hubert Leon Richardson
(1927-12-28) December 28, 1927 (age 96)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Olympic College
Cornish College of the Arts
Known for Founder of Gun Owners of America
Political party Republican
Children Doug Richardson

Hubert Leon "Bill" Richardson (born December 28, 1927) founded Gun Owners of America (GOA) in 1975 and served as a California state senator from 1966–1989. He served as the state senate's Republican Caucus Chair for several of these years.[1] He was also the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1974, having been defeated by incumbent Alan Cranston. He ran for Congress in 1962 and again in 1992, having lost 51-40 percent to the Democrat Vic Fazio, member of the United States House of Representatives from California's 3rd congressional district.[2]

Richardson was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1927[3] and served in the United States Navy in World War II.[1] He was educated at Olympic College and the Cornish Conservatory, both in Seattle, Washington.[4] He is the father of action-film screenwriter Doug Richardson.[1]


  • Slightly to the Right. Whittier, California: Constructive Action, 1965.
  • What Makes You Think We Read the Bills? Ottawa, Illinois: Caroline House, 1978.
  • The Devil's Eye. Dallas: Word, 1995.
  • The Shadows of Crazy Mountain. Dallas: Word, 1996.
  • Split Ticket. Dallas: Word, 1996.
  • Confrontational Politics. Ventura, California: Nordskog, 2010.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "H. L. "Bill" Richardson". JoinCalifornia. One Voter Project. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  2. California Journal, May 1992, Vol XXIII, No 5, page 227.
  3. [1]
  4. "H. L. Richardson". The Complete Marquis Who's Who Biographies: Who's Who in the West, 20th, 21st, 22nd editions. May 16, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2011.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from California (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Paul Gann

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